This may come as a complete surprise to you, but three things have the ability to motivate me enough to sit in LA traffic on a Friday afternoon: Beauty, Fashion and Food (the really good brunch kind). Ok actually those are completely obvious things when we are talking about me. Oh and I forgot one more: a friend. And not just any friend, but one who shares these motivations because that is key.
Recenlty, Jackline and I took a drive to the mecca that is Melrose Ave in Los Angeles. It's a great way to get a change of scenery and get a lot done when you're on a time crunch. If you've ever wanted to explore Melrose Ave, check out any or all of these spots for a quintessential LA day- Fashionable Fête style.
1. Brunch at Blu Jam Cafe
Fuel up on their delectable crunchy french toast and other breakfast-served-all-day items at this local hot spot where there will be a line, but it's worth it. There's not much else to say...it's really good and if you're coming from the 101 freeway like we were, its where Melrose starts to get interesting.
2. Get some R&R
This does not imply a spa-like "Rest & Relaxtion" (although you could stop in at Kate Somerville) but rather, Rebecca Minkoff and Reformation. Both retailers provide an out-of-the-box approach to one's shopping experience. Rebecca Minkoff merges high style with the latest technology- think mood lighting in the dressing rooms and interactive touch screens, and Reformation takes a truly eco-awareness approach to manufacturing and selling it's private label without sacrificing style or quality. Both have a celebrity following and it's likely you'll see one perusing the racks, being this is LA and all. One more "R": find a good read at Bookmarc. It's the absolute coolest bookstore by designer, Marc Jacobs, and it's located across from his flagship boutique. The space houses a unique selection of art and fashion coffee table books, limited editions, journals, etc., fit for any creative mindset.